The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced funding for Hera as part of its entire Aida mission with NASA. The Hera mission will involve sending a probe to investigate the impact of a NASA mission on asteroids, two aspects of the overall mission to help protect our planet from asteroids. This contract covers the design of spacecraft. < / P > < p > as previously announced, NASA and ESA are jointly working on an asteroid impact and deflection assessment & quot; (Aida), which aims to find the best way to deflect asteroids that may pose a risk to the earth. NASA will first launch a joint mission with the dart spacecraft, which will impact an asteroid called dimorphos in September 2022. < / P > < p > ESA’s Hera probe will arrive at the asteroid in 2026, where it will spend half a year conducting a close-up study of the object to determine what impact dart has on it. Hera is part of the ESA space security program and will therefore be controlled by the ESOC center in Germany. < / P > < p > of course, before this happens, the “Hera” spacecraft has to be built, and ESA has provided 129.4 million euros. The contract was awarded to a consortium led by the German space company OHB; it includes the design, manufacture and testing of spacecraft. If all goes according to plan, the mission will be launched in 2024. < / P > < p > a total of 17 EU Member States contributed to the mission, each of which was assigned to different aspects of the project. For example, Italy is leading the power and propulsion subsystem of the mission, while Spain is responsible for navigation, advanced guidance and control systems, Hungary is responsible for supporting camera calibration, and Luxembourg is responsible for inter satellite communication system and juvetas CubeSat. Global Tech

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